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Butterfly larva - Strymon melinus

Butterfly larva - Strymon melinus
Novato, Marin County, California, USA
July 14, 2013
this was on Eriogonum grande in a garden setting

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Butterfly larva - Strymon melinus Butterfly larva - Strymon melinus

Moved
Moved from ID Request. I agree completely with Alice on the identification.

I would like to know the spec
I would like to know the species

One of the
Lycaenidae

 
Thanks for the family. Do yo
Thanks for the family. Do you have an idea of what species?

 
Crop
Can you crop both pictures down so they're more of the caterpillar and less background? That might help pinpoint details for further identification.


Euphilotes enoptes are closely associated w/ Eriogonum spp. I've never seen that species so I won't even say it might be that, this is more a random observation.

 
OK, will crop closer, Thanks
OK, will crop closer, Thanks

 
Gray Hairstreak
The size and bristly appearance makes me pretty sure this is a gray hairstreak larva (Strymon melinus). They use a variety of host plants including buckwheats. Euphilotes will look pretty much smooth to the naked eye and acmon blue larvae will also lack the bristly look.

 
Thank you Alice for your thou
Thank you Alice for your thoughts on this larva. Bob

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